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The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren
Why I picked it up: I was given a Waterfall ARC many, many moons ago and was hooked. This was a re-read of the original trilogy.
What I liked: I enjoyed Gabi’s first person narrative. The time-travel. It’s believable in that time-travel magic way. The history. Bergren researched it well and integrated everything without info dumps. The characters. All the characters are fully realized, people I could meet on the street, and beautifully flawed. There is growth. The pacing in each story fits and kept me turning the pages.
What I disliked: It’s not a real dislike, I just prefer to avoid it in fiction, but a theme of faith becomes more prevalent as the series progresses. It’s well done, not beat you over the head with a bible, and certainly fits the era the story is set.
Why I picked it up: This volume contains two novellas and is the next in the continuing series.
What I like: Bourne continues the first person narrative and introduces us to Lia’s (Gabi’s sister) POV. A logical next step in the series as we shift from Gabi’s adventures to Lia’s.
What I dislike: Tributary continues both sisters’ POV but adds third person for secondary characters. While I appreciate why this was done, it broke the continuity of the series.
Why I picked this up: This is the final (and has an epilogue which the others have not, however, I’ll say to date just in case) volume of the series.
What I expect to like: More of the back and forth first person narrative of the sisters.
What I expect to dislike: Gabi coming across as more damsel in distress than kick-ass heroine of which there have been glimpses of throughout the series.